Top military officials tell Bordallo that the validity of North Korean “H-Bomb” testing is stil being verified.
Washington, D.C. – North Korea’s claimed hydrogen bomb test got the attention of a lot of policymakers in Washington Wednesday, including Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, who spoke with top Navy and Marine Corps officials about it.
North Korea has already threatened Guam and Andersen Air Force Base directly in the past.
So it was no surprise when Guam’s Madeleine Bordallo, at a Congressional forum, asked the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, about the reclusive regime’s claims it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
“I did ask a question, which was on my mind, ever since I heard this morning’s report. And that was…What was their take on the latest threat from North Korea?” said the Congresswoman.
Bordallo says the officials reaffirmed Guam’s strategic importance in the region, highlighted by the military ‘pivot’ and re-balance of troops to Guam. But the Congresswoman says the military leaders were even more specific about North Korea. “They also said that while this action is still being verified, we cannot allow North Korea to continue on this path and they posed the fact that it’s a very unstable government over their in North Korea, which could have serious repercussions on neighboring nations,” said the Congresswoman.
Bordallo says the Navy and Marine Corps leaders assured her that US forces will maintain a “forward presence” in the region to protect U.S. interests and citizens. The Pentagon deployed a THAAD missile defense battery to Guam in 2013, after North Korea’s repeated threats to Guam and the U.S. mainland.
But experts questioned this week, whether the North Koreans had actually detonated a hydrogen bomb, since underground seismic readings were comparable to those of a 2013 test of an atomic bomb which is far less potent than a thermonuclear device equal to millions of tons of TNT.